Budget & Appropriations: Senate Republicans Release FY 2020 Budget Resolution With Instructions That Could Affect Medicaid

On March 22, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) released a draft budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The budget proposes to reduce the deficit by $538 billion over five years compared to current law, primarily through reductions in mandatory spending. Additionally, it provides reconciliation instructions for five committees to reduce the deficit by a total of $94 billion. To learn more about the budget proposal, see the committee website. Unlike the president’s budget, budget resolutions in the House and Senate can be enacted and have the force of law. While the Senate budget is not nearly as extreme as the president’s budget, it’s inclusion of reconciliation instructions is the first step to developing legislation that could change the structure and financing of the Medicaid program. The House would need to pass the identical measure for such legislation to be developed.

Budget & Appropriations: President Releases FY 2020 Budget Request Documents

On March 11, President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2020 Budget Request. The budget proposes $2.7 trillion in cuts over 10 years, including cuts to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act programs, and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs. NDD programs – which include education, employment, housing, transportation, and more – would be cut by $54 billion (9 percent from 2019 levels alone). Throughout the week, more detailed department budgets have been released, including those for the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice. These department budgets reveal drastic cuts for numerous disability-related programs such as:

  • Office of Disability Employment Policy: -30%
  • Developmental Disabilities Councils State Grants: -26%
  • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities: -20%
  • Lifespan Respite: -25%

Though the President’s Budget Request does not have the force of law, it can set the stage for the Congressional budgets which follow. Click here to see proposed spending levels for disability-related discretionary programs in the President’s FY 2020 Budget Request. For more information, see The Arc’s statement.

Budget & Appropriations: President Signs Full-Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations Bill

On February 15, President Trump signed a bill funding the seven remaining appropriations packages for the remainder of FY 2019, which ends September 30. The passage of this bill means that the government will not be shut down over appropriations disputes until after that date. The Arc welcomes enactment of funding for the federal departments that administer programs important to people with disabilities, including the Departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Transportation.

Budget & Appropriations: Deadline for Spending Agreement Approaching; Another Partial Government Shutdown Is Possible

Congress has until midnight on Friday, February 15 to reach agreement on a spending bill for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, State, and Transportation. Negotiations appear to have stalled over the weekend due to disagreements about funding for Homeland Security. If no agreement is reached, another partial government shutdown will begin.

Budget & Appropriations: President Trump Signs Short-Term Funding Bill Ending Partial Government Shutdown

On January 25, President Trump announced a deal to re-open the government until February 15 with the expectation that negotiations on a longer term deal would occur during that time. The Senate and the House of Representatives both passed a three-week continuing resolution, which was signed by President Trump. The Arc welcomes the restoration of funding for programs that are important to people with disabilities and hopes for prompt enactment of funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2019.

Budget & Appropriations: House Passes Funding Bills to End Partial Government Shutdown

On January 18, the House passed a six-week continuing resolution (CR) by voice vote to extend temporary funding through February 28 for agencies that are not presently funded. The CR contains six spending bills that were negotiated by the House and Senate last fall: Agriculture, Transportation-HUD, Financial Services, Interior-Environment, State and Foreign Ops, and Commerce-Justice-Science. The package also includes a way to pay furloughed federal employees. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will not bring any spending measure to the Senate for a vote unless the President has agreed to sign it. President Trump maintains he will not sign the measures to end the partial shutdown if they do not include $5.7 billion for the border wall with Mexico. The Arc supports promptly restoring funding for agencies funded through the Commerce-Justice-Science and Transportation-HUD appropriations packages as these agencies operate programs important to people with disabilities.

Budget and Appropriations: Partial Government Shutdown Continues

The partial government shutdown continues this week. Many agencies, including those under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, remain open and are largely unaffected due to the passage of full-year appropriation bills earlier in 2018. Employees at several other agencies, including the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Justice, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, are furloughed unless they are classified as “excepted.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not allow a vote on the omnibus appropriations bill or Homeland Security continuing resolutions passed by the House on January 3. Last week, the House passed several individual appropriations packages. McConnell has indicated that he does not intend to allow votes on these measures either. The Arc supports restoring funding for the remaining federal agencies.

Budget and Appropriations: Congress Fails to Enact Appropriations; Government Enters Partial Shutdown

Due to a failure to enact appropriations or a continuing resolution, parts of the federal government shut down on December 22, 2018. Many agencies, including those under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, remain open and are largely unaffected due to the passage of full-year appropriation bills earlier in 2018. Employees at several other agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Justice, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, are furloughed unless they are classified as “excepted.”

On January 3, the newly-seated House of Representatives approved two bills: one to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels (and not including funding for the border wall with Mexico that President Trump is seeking) until February 8, and another to fund all other unfunded agencies based on levels approved by bipartisan majorities of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the previous Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that he does not intend to allow votes on these measures. The Arc supports promptly restoring funding for agencies funded through the Commerce, Justice, and Science, and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations packages as these agencies operate programs important to people with disabilities. House Democrats plan to introduce individual agency spending bills this week.

Budget and Appropriations: Partial Government Shutdown Continues

The partial government shutdown continues this week. Many agencies, including those under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, remain open and are largely unaffected due to the passage of full-year appropriation bills earlier in 2018. Employees at several other agencies, including the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Justice, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, are furloughed unless they are classified as “excepted.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not allow a vote on the omnibus appropriations bill or Homeland Security continuing resolutions passed by the House on January 3. Last week, the House passed several individual appropriations packages. McConnell has indicated that he does not intend to allow votes on these measures either. The Arc supports restoring funding for the remaining federal agencies.